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Just made it for TechNet + Vista eLearning

Had a confirmation call about my MCP exam – scheduled for January 31st – just in time to qualify for the TechNet subscription – which includes soooo much stuff.

I’ll be downloading Vista and Office 2007 – and doing a full format on my home PC – even change some of the drive partitions (currently got dual boot with XP and Vista RC2).

Might have to book a timeslot for “Easter” – as it’ll take me up to a day to configure & install everything correctly.

I’ll be backing up everything onto my external hard drive (II) – with 250 GB of space – more than on my PC.

Assuming I pass the MCP exam for “XML Web Services” – I’ll be qualified as MCAD.

With the changes to the new certification for .NET 2.0 and beyond – I’ll be able to take the UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework exam (70-551).

I’ll then be an a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) : Web Developer – as well as Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications

Seems a bit easy to jump straight from MCAD – to both MCTS and MCPD. Will have to check and see if that’s correct.

Update : Yep – looks like I’d get BOTH…>

If you plan to upgrade from an MCAD or MCSD on .NET certification to a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification, you do not need to first obtain an MCTS certification.

You will earn the applicable MCTS certifications when you pass the upgrade exam(s) for MCPD: Windows Applications Developer, MCPD: Web Applications Developer, or MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer.

One exam at a time though – better get back to more study for 70-320.


Thinking of study / courses / etc – there’s a new learning portal for developing applications for the Windows Vista environment.

This site has three eLearning clinics that you complete online – “free for a limited time” :

  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

All “introduction” level – and run for about 2 hours. Not sure if you can run then “offline” – I think it’s actually a session to a VM (for virtual labs).

Windows Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0 – Learning Portal for Developers

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